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Prestigious journal Nature publishes research led by UP scientist
DUR
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A researcher at the University of Pretoria (UP), – Professor Zander Myburg – was the lead investigator in a global project to unravel the genetic blueprint of Eucalyptus grandis, a species from a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as gum trees (bloekoms in Afrikaans) in South Africa.

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A plea for the children of Eritrea: Unaccompanied, separated and fleeing from a militarised society
Centre for Human Rights
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

As the African continent celebrates the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2014, the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), University of Pretoria, focuses on the plight of children in Eritrea.

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Any child who slips through the cracks is a child too many
Caroline Nicholson
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates World day against child labour this June 12th, let South Africans not be complacent. The South African Constitution and various pieces of legislation and programmes directed towards meeting the needs of children are to be welcomed but, the reality is they have failed to realize a better life for many children living in South Africa. Children seldom have any say in the circumstances in which they find themselves, and those faced with extreme poverty are often forced by circumstance to seek gainful employment.

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Re-a-bua dialogue sessions – celebrating diversity and creating unity at UP
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 11 Jun 2014

In September 2013, the Department of Human Capital and Transformation embarked on an exciting initiative to get staff and students talking about issues related to the creation of an inclusive and enabling environment at UP.

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Building a bridge between the ancient past and the present
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Prof Kobus Kok, a lecturer in UP’s Department of New-Testament Studies, is one of the first New Testament academics in the world to bring the Dialogical Self Theory in line with the construction of early Christian identity. Through his latest research, he is building a bridge between the past and the present by reading the ancient texts through a socio-scientific lens in order to illustrate the ancient world’s relevance for today.

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UP Graduates chosen for cross-continental management programme
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Two graduates of the Department of Economics, Mashuping Liphoko and Mpho Tsebe, have been chosen to join the amazing 3Continent Master of Science in Global Management (3CMGM) programme. This is the second consecutive year in which UP graduates have been selected for this highly acclaimed program.

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Women in Computing – UP staff and students inspire girls
Irene Schoeman
Posted on 09 Jun 2014

Sci-Enza, the science centre at the University of Pretoria (UP), was selected to receive a WeTech Seed Fund Grant to support its ICT: Girls who dare to be there! project in Pretoria.

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High-performance research leads to high-performance individuals
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 09 Jun 2014

Imagine a top rugby player knew the exact reason why he had not been selected for the team and why his position had been given to another player. What if schools in resource-constrained communities could really become facilities used optimally for social change? In a day and age where power and competition are what motivate achievement, solutions for improvement would be greatly beneficial. Prof Peet du Toit of the Department of Physiology has devised methods to evaluate performance and applications to improve education methods. These indicators are based on a holistic approach to research, testing an array of variables to give a thorough indication of an individual’s true level of performance and development.

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Re-thinking development: finding peace on Earth
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 06 Jun 2014

It was fitting, on World Environment Day, for UP to host Dr Vandana Shiva, who has been acclaimed by Time magazine as an "environmental hero". Dr Shiva, speaking on "Re-thinking development in the 21st century', had a full house at the 5 June event.

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UP expert contributes to textbook set to become benchmark for international forensic medicine
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 06 Jun 2014

Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences, contributed a chapter to the Handbook of Forensic Medicine, edited by Burkhard Madea and published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2014. The book is set to become the benchmark for international forensic medicine.

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